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How Alibaba is mending its identity crisis

"If you don't define yourself, you're going to be defined by others," said Jim Wilkinson, Alibaba's SVP of international corporate affairs. Read entire article
8 Oct 2015 | 12:58 pm PDT

Volkswagen executive's 'sincere apology' falls flat on Capitol Hill

Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn spent Thursday morning being peppered with questions by members of Congress about the company's emissions regulations evasions. Read entire article
8 Oct 2015 | 11:07 am PDT

PR Council names 2016 board of directors

Ogilvy Public Relations chairman Christopher Graves will serve his second term as chair. Read entire article
8 Oct 2015 | 7:19 am PDT

Indonesia hires Ogilvy PR for global tourism push

The WPP agency will pitch Indonesia as a tourism destination in markets around the world with the goal of boosting the number of visitors to the country to 20 million in coming years. Read entire article
8 Oct 2015 | 6:58 am PDT

Tom Pilla takes helm at Microsoft UK comms as predecessor leaves PR

Microsoft has appointed Tom Pilla as director of UK PR following the departure of Nicola Taylor last year. Read entire article
8 Oct 2015 | 4:23 am PDT

The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 10.8.2015

Blatter suspended; Goldman to eschew wire services for Twitter for earnings release; Dell in talks to buy EMC; Changes afoot at Twitter; Murdoch tweet causes outrage. Read entire article
8 Oct 2015 | 3:44 am PDT

Paradigm Consulting appoints ex-HSBC comms exec

Tom Grimmer joins the agency bringing three decades' worth of Asia experience Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 6:41 pm PDT

Xero teams with Group SJR on US news and content push

The b-to-b company is trying to raise its profile in the US as it searches for an executive to lead news and content. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 1:04 pm PDT

Biden-backing PAC urges vice president to run in first video spot

The Draft Biden 2016 Super-PAC released its first ad urging Vice President Joe Biden to throw his hat in the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 12:01 pm PDT

Comms pros on BP's attempt at closure following 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP is looking to draw a line under the damaging 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill following the US government's latest announcement on the disaster - but PR and reputation professionals say challenges for the firm, and the broader energy industry, have not gone away. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 11:11 am PDT

Plasencia: Why Stand Stronger is a message to millions

When the opportunity arose to work with the White House initiative to urge 8.8 million lawful permanent residents to obtain citizenship, we knew República had to be a part of it. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 9:28 am PDT

Catalyst leaders Bret Werner, Bill Holtz exit firm

The executives are leaving Catalyst nearly three years after IMG bought the agency. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 8:45 am PDT

Char-Broil hires Shift to ignite brand excitement

The grilling brand previously worked with MMK on PR. Shift will lend its support as the company launches products late this year and in early 2016. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 6:39 am PDT

Ogilvy PR appoints Marshall Manson as UK CEO

Ogilvy PR has promoted Marshall Manson, the managing director of its social practice across EMEA, to UK CEO. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 5:25 am PDT

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 10.7.2015

New York attorney general looks into fantasy sports sites; Volkswagen sets recall timeline; AB InBev ups offer for SABMiller; Clinton email probe spreads; Gallup won't enter primary fray; Obama pushes TPP with farmers. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 3:36 am PDT

Ketchum London promotes Jo-ann Robertson and Deirdre Murphy to senior roles

Ketchum London has promoted Jo-ann Robertson to the position of deputy CEO, London, while Deirdre Murphy has been made chief operating officer, London, effective immediately. Read entire article
7 Oct 2015 | 1:55 am PDT

FDA aims to curb smoking among at-risk, multicultural youth

The FDA's Fresh Empire campaign seeks to reach multicultural teens between 12 and 17 years old. Read entire article
6 Oct 2015 | 11:03 am PDT

3 ways to protect your marketing budget from cuts

For many executives, it's the most stressful time of the year: budget season. Read entire article
6 Oct 2015 | 8:51 am PDT

Transatlantic imbalance: media coverage of tech firms often skewed, report says

Tech brands such as Google, Apple and Microsoft fared equally well over the summer in terms of media coverage in Europe and America, but others - such as Amazon and Nokia - have a skewed media profile, according to a new study. Read entire article
6 Oct 2015 | 7:26 am PDT

Grayling to handle comms for next year's World Energy Congress

Grayling has been selected by the Government of Turkey to oversee international comms for next year's World Energy Congress in Istanbul. Read entire article
6 Oct 2015 | 5:54 am PDT

Global spotlight: The new media landscape of New Delhi

Kapil Rampal, founder and CEO of Creative Crest, says hard work in a welcoming environment brings success in the city's comms space
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29 Sep 2015 | 12:32 pm PDT

Regional spotlight: Tech-savvy transit hub Newark is perfect fit, says Audible

Matthew Thornton, VP of comms at Audible, discusses how an influx of creative brands and a tech-related approach have revitalized the city
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29 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am PDT

Jamaica offers year-round promotional opportunities, from tourism to PR

Sandra Scott, deputy director of tourism and marketing at the Jamaica Tourist Board, explains the island's ins and outs.
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25 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm PDT

Regional spotlight: How Hoosier hospitality fought Indiana's anti-LGBT law

Debra DeCourcy, VP of corporate comms for Angie's List, details why Indianapolis businesses oppose the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
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24 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am PDT

Multinational companies give rise to mature PR industry in Bogotá

Miguel Herrera, market leader at Burson-Marsteller Colombia, says the arrival of multinational companies has given rise to a mature PR industry
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1 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm PDT

Kansas City rallies to keep young PR talent in town

Trozzolo Communications Group VP Joshua Brewster discusses how a spirit of togetherness imbues the city’s business and comms sectors
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1 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am PDT

Santiago PR pros strive to improve private sector's image after scandals

Pelayo Bezanilla, public affairs and comms manager, Coca-Cola, says PR professionals are hot to improve the reputation of Chile's private sector.
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26 May 2015 | 8:41 am PDT

Stockholm flexes its digital muscles

Digital strength and international relations are at the heart of doing business in Stockholm.
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24 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm PDT

What you need to know before taking that dream job in Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines' Huy Vo details how the region's culture has a significant effect on the way business is done in Honolulu.
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24 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am PST

The challenges and beauty of working in Paris

Julie Nollet, head of international comms, Hennessy Maison, says that despite a weak economy, the city is still a major market for top comms talent.
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23 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am PST

The best things about working in Minneapolis, according to Target's PR director

Target's PR director Katie Boylan explains how ambitious local comms professionals benefit from the region's diverse corporations and small city feel.
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27 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm PST

Dublin's reputation as tech hub opens opportunities for PR pros

Owen Cullen, MD at Cullen Communications, discusses the city's emergence from the recession and its new reputation as a hub for tech giants.
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26 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am PST

Spotlight: Baltimore

Caitlin Mills, PR director at Planit, says Baltimore's unique collaborative environment makes it an attractive destination for in-house or agency pros.
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29 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am PST

Spotlight: Amsterdam

Chris Carroll, global director of marketing, Under Armour, outlines how the creative-led city offers myriad opportunities for comms professionals.
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29 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am PST

Spotlight: Kiev

Volodymyr Dehtyarov, CEO at Newsfront PR Agency, details how PR is playing a key role in helping the city communicate from a conflict zone.
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19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am PST

Spotlight: Toronto

Melanie Rockliff, director of comms at Campbell Co. of Canada, sees smaller firms landing big clients in this entrepreneurially minded city.
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19 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am PST

Spotlight: Hong Kong

Evan Lewis, former VP of PR, events, and corporate comms, DFS Group, details why brands need the right social voice to cut through the noise in the city.
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28 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm PDT

Spotlight: New Orleans

Lauren Cason, a director at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, explains how the city's PR community has bonded post-Katrina.
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27 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm PDT

Spotlight: St. Louis

Ascension CCO Nick Ragone says the unique blend of a vibrant PR scene and a lower cost of living makes the city a major attraction for comms pros.
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25 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am PDT

Spotlight: Buenos Aires

Gustavo Averbuj, regional director, Latin America, and CEO of Ketchum Argentina, discusses how comms plays a key role in politics in the city.
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24 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am PDT
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